An Encounter in Pemberley Woods

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Dear Readers,

The summer has ended here in the north of Europe, and I am back yet again with a debut authoress, by the name of Brigid Huey and her book, “An Encounter in Pemberley Woods.” It both surprised me, delighted me and yet I was a bit sad about the length of the book.

I can say that Brigid is an author, I will keep my eyes on in the future, for further books. But here is my review of her debut novella;

Review of An Encounter in Pemberley Woods

As Fitzwilliam Darcy are racing home towards Pemberley, with a thunderstorm on his heels, the one person he least expects to meet is the woman he was adamantly refused by, several months past. By fate, Darcy does stumble into Elizabeth, but she is not alone, she carries a child in her arms.  Who is the unknown child? And how did the child end up in Elizabeth’s arms?

During Elizabeth and Mr & Mrs Gardiner’s visit to Pemberley, the news of Lydia puts the romance of Darcy and Elizabeth on a hold. The child changes everything between our favourite couple, as the identity of the child becomes clear, and the drama unfolds and happiness is

Will our favourite couple find their way through the web of misunderstandings and mischief to their happy ending?

Does it sound like something you would like to read? I certainly enjoyed this sweet novella. I will certainly return to this book, sooner rather than later. Any chance to submerge in Regency England alongside Darcy and Elizabeth and experience their love story unfold is a pleasure. I would rate this lovely novella to 5 stars.      

It is also September, and that means that the annual Jane Austen Festival is approaching with quick steps, and Bath will be an enchanted world full of autumn 1819 dressed people, elegant manners and plenty of balls and other such activities. Will I see you there?

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Author Bio about Brigid:

Brigid has been in love with Jane Austen since first seeing the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice as a young girl. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids, and spends her free time reading and writing. This is her first Pride and Prejudice variation, though many others live in her imagination.

You can contact Brigid from these sites;

Website:  https://brigidhuey.com/

Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrigidHuey/ 

Email:  brigidhueywrites@gmail.com

Instagram:  @brigidhueywrites

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BrigidHuey

And of course you can buy the book, or kindle book on your country’s Amazon site.

Yay! There is a giveaway as well! Giveaway;

Meryton Press is giving away 8 eBooks of Brigid Huey’s “A Chance Encounter in Pemberley” Woods. And you can enter the giveaway right here; I hope you win!

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Well, it is also a day before I am leaving for England and the annual Jane Austen Festival. I will, of course, write a blog about my visit to Bath and London. I will be back soon enough, and definitely before you all know it with more reviews.

 

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A Sister’s Curse by Jayne Bamber

Hello dear Readers,

Gosh I have been busy with my blog the last few months and will be back in a few days with yet another book review and then, of course, my blog about Bath will be up by the end of the month. I am so lucky as to be have been contacted by so many talented and brilliant authors during the last year or so. Jayne Bamber has been a guest on my blog once before, and this time I am again reviewing her newest book, “A Sister’s Curse” – and now I’ll let you come to the point of the blog; the review.  Jayne explains the plot of her lovely book like so;

“A fatal accident on the Great North Road forever links two families from very different situations in life. This tragedy breeds years of sorrow and confusion, as well as prosperity and even romance in an emotional coming of age tale not only for Elizabeth Bennet, but for her sisters, and even the adults who let them down. Edward Gardiner is presented with hard choices, making decisions that come back to haunt him as he fails the ones, he loves for nearly two decades. Lady Anne Darcy must bear all the guilt and delight of being granted her heart’s desire… at a price. Her family, the Fitzwilliams, have motives and misgivings of their own as the Earl of Matlock tries to keep them all together, right the wrongs of the past, and pave the way for the next generation.William Darcy realizes too late what it means to be a brother, and is faced with a parts of his past he regrets, just as his desire to protect the family he loves leads him back to the woman he was destined to love the most… a woman who despises him. Elizabeth Bennet struggles through a turbulent adolescence, her judgement clouded by past trauma and the complicated dynamics of her extended family. Secrets are revealed and re-examined as she is forced to come to terms with the complex consequences of a family bound together by heartbreak.”

MY Review of “A Sister’s Curse” by Jayne Bamber
!!!!!!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!

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Yet again Jayne Bamber is back with an alternative storyline for our favourite literary couple; Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

The story starts with a horrible carriage accident where two carriages smashes into each other, on the very border to Lambton in Derbyshire.

In one carriage the Bennet family; Mr, Mrs. Bennet, Jane, Elizabeth and baby Mary and Miss Gardiner, Mrs. Bennet’s sister who accompanies them to the wedding of their brother, Mr. Gardiner. In the other carriage, Lady Catherine De Bough and Lady Anne Darcy is setting off for Bath. Several deaths set the plot on its way to an unforgettable read and give the book its name. Though the consequences are severe for all intended, including Jane, Elizabeth and Mary and change their life forever – as a curse is placed. After much drama, several years of misplaced prejudice, some unexpected humor and unexpected couples. Though the book focuses quite clearly on Elizabeth, and her self-discovery of who she is, and wishes to be, both as; a daughter, friend, sister and beloved of a strong and handsome man.

And to say that I was astonished is an understatement of the century! One beloved character ended up as an accomplice to the known villain, though I won’t say anything more. I was so very surprised, I can’t even explain it, though can only recommend that you get your hands on this book, read it and see if you do not agree with me! It’s worth it!

 

 

Review of The Arranged Marriage

Overall; 5 stars
performances; 5 stars
Story; 5 stars

I am back with yet another review of Jan Hahn’s amazing books, this time “The Arranged Marriage” actually the first e-book I bought when I received my first Kindle e-reader.

I have rated the story to 5 stars, both for overall, performance and story.
It was good to return to an old friend of a book and to have the pleasure of Jan Hahn and Stevie Zimmerman’s storytelling, in this lovely P&P variation of my favourite couple.

The book was funny and brilliantly written and so much better than I remembered. It was also a delight to see Richard and Georgiana as more central characters towards the end of the story.
To see Darcy and Elizabeth have such an awkward and negative start to their marriage was downright hard, both to listen to, but also lovely to experience when they finally fall in love and truly becomes man and wife.
Another enjoyable experience to listen to Stevie Zimmerman, I cannot wait for her next Austen inspired audiobook project.

I will be back sooner than you know, guys, with several more reviews of brilliant books.

 

Jan Hahn Book Reviews

Welcome back dear readers,
Well, it is July and the summer here in Denmark has been very changing during the last few weeks. Though the farmers around the country are pleased with the current weather.

Though, to the subject of this blog entry, books that are written by Jan Hahn. On the request of Janet Taylor, both friend and creative artist of front and back covers of several Austen inspired books during the last years I was asked to review two of Jan Hahn’s books, namely “The Child” and “The Journey.”

I started with “The Child.” It is a Pride and Prejudice story, first and foremost. My review is as follows;

“The Child” is another lovely story told by Jahn Hahn and narrated by Neil Roy McFarlane. Though this time, the story of Darcy and Elizabeth had a twist. Fitzwilliam Darcy returns to England, after two years abroad, and the first thing he sets his eyes upon in Hanover Square is the sight of Elizabeth, with a small child clinging to her skirts.
Who is the child? And is Elizabeth her mother? And just what has happened to the Bennet family since his fateful proposal in Hunsford? Follow along on the journey of discovery of who ‘the child’ is, and as Darcy and Elizabeth learn truths about each other and themselves, which leads to happiness for all. Neil’s voice was calm and made Darcy come alive in a way I have never experienced before. To state it plainly, it was a joy to listen to Jan Hahn’s story. I have personally given this audiobook/book 5 out of 5 stars.

Next, I started on “The Journey.” A book I have tried to return to, multiply times but never accomplished. But I started on the audiobook, narrated by Leena Emsley.

A journey to London is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of highwaymen, who overtakes the Bingley coach. Darcy and Elizabeth are taken as hostages and taken to a cabin in the woods. One of the highwaymen Mr Morgan takes an avid interest in Darcy and Elizabeth during their hostage-situation and release.
After the adventures in the woods, Darcy and Elizabeth return to town, where much drama ensues, many misunderstandings and all the whole feelings are growing, changing and maturing alongside Darcy and Elizabeth as they weather scandal, disgrace and the trials of the highwaymen.
Finally, during the celebratory betrothal dinner of Jane and Bingley, Elizabeth makes her way to Darcy to set the record straight after yet another misunderstanding. This event sets the course towards the happiness of our beloved couple. Lastly, the voice of Leena, makes Elizabeth and Darcy very sensitive, maybe even vulnerable, but mostly to each other throughout the story.
I have to admit to some struggle to get through the story, at certain parts, but the ending spurred me back into the plot. I have personally given this audiobook/book; 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you, Janet, for the opportunity to review these lovely books, and thank you, Jan for writing such great books which we as readers can emerge ourselves in when we need to escape the real world.

To end this blog entry, I am nearly halfway through my last practical period in a nursery in Copenhagen. I am due to finish my bachelor degree in June of 2020, after three and a half year. Therefore I am just three papers and four exams from finishing my degree! Wish me luck!

I will be back soon with my preparation blog entry for the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, and of course the blog entry about the festival.

Gloved Heart by Charlotte Brentwood

Hello everyone!

It is summer again! I am on my last year at my university college, I finish at this time, next June! Imagine that!?!

But I was lately emailed by Charlotte Brentwood, and she wanted her book, “Gloved Heart” the II part in her Amberley series, and I, of course, accepted. So this is the blog entry about Charlotte’s sweet read.

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Review of the book;

“Gloved Heart” by Charlotte Brentwood is part II of her Amberley Series. It’s a true love story, full of anxiety, fears, doubts and, of course, love conquering all, in the end.
Note, although this is a ‘sweet’ read, there is some subject matter that may offend sensitive readers, including mention of rape and very mild violence and coarse language.

“Will she ever trust again?” That is the question of this lovely story.
The story starts with Amy Miller, still learning to be a mother, after a rape which left her pregnant, and unable to stand the touch of any man, and with the determination never to trust any man again. She was taken in by the wealthy gentry Fortescue family in the village of Amberley, who wishes to make her into a lady, the purpose is unclear, until later in the story. I will leave you, readers, with that as a clue.
Henry Russell is a character we quickly meet and grow to like since he is trustworthy and is quite ambitious, for a man of his time and rank. He is the son of a local farmer, in Amberley, and he has loved Amy all of his life. A chance encounter rekindles the flame of friendship and maybe more between them, – though his family wants nothing to do with Amy. A chance discovery of a secret might hold the key, both to Amy’s past but will also change them for good.

Near the end of the book, the villain of the book appears. Amy’s fear of her child being taken is horrified by the picture of the man who took her innocence and suddenly standing over her child. But Charlotte surprised me, with the fact that the villain did the right thing in the end.

As an experienced reader of the romance genre, I was quite quick to pick up on Charlotte’s hints both to the secret of Amy, and the hoped-for ending. Some of the plot lines did surprise me and yet delighted me. Clara, Mick, Cici and Mrs Fortescue was characters which were the main characters around Henry, Amy and little Benjamin.
“Gloved Heart” was sweet read, as Charlotte’s description so finely put it, but it was also a read of courage, trust and love.
I will admit to, being a little unsurprised by the ending, but then again, what is a good romance without the happy ending?

The ending made me laugh, and sigh a little – I was so pleased that Amy found her courage, and got her happy ending, with the man who deserves her.

Excerpt:

Amy was glad of the ride back to Briarwood. She was so weary she thought her legs might give way. Her emotions were close to the surface, threatening to brim over. Henry had touched on more than one nerve with his innocent line of questioning just now. He was right to wonder why a respectable couple such as the Fortescues, who she had hardly said a word to in her life, would stoop so low as to house an unwed mother when no one else wanted her. She had asked herself that question many times; it was reasonable for him to wonder too.

She wanted to believe his assertions that they wanted to make her more like them so she would belong. But she couldn’t bring herself to foster such a happy illusion; she was no more an innocent young girl who would see the best in people first. She knew most people were hiding something, and their actions were not always a good indicator of their motivations or intentions. In fact, sometimes they acted to deliberately deceive. She couldn’t believe the Fortescues would intentionally hurt her, as there was undeniably an altruistic motive for most of their actions. But their efforts to re-make her in the image of a lady were an affront to her very identity.

“Miss Miller?”

Amy turned to see Henry waiting for her on the cart. She laughed at him. “Come now, Henry, don’t address me as if you were my chauffeur. It’s only Amy, and it always has been.”

She stepped towards the box and he automatically offered his hand to help her up. She stared at it, dismayed.

It was perfectly natural for him to help her up into her seat, but despite her recent familiarity with him, she still could not stand to let their hands touch. She tried to fight the irrational terror which overtook her. Nothing bad would happen, it would be over in a matter of seconds and Henry was not going to abuse the situation, was he? But she could not bring herself to put her hands in his.

“I’m sorry,” she said.

He shook his head as if to dismiss her apology. “It’s nothing, just put your foot here, and hold on here, and you can pull yourself up.”

She nodded, did as he instructed, and managed to hoist herself up onto the seat.

Henry took up the reins. “Are you comfortable?”

She met his eyes and nodded again, startled by how close his face was to hers. “Thank you.” Her voice came out as a squeak and she immediately felt herself colouring. She focussed on the lane ahead as Henry brought the cart around and steered the mare down towards the road.

He sat as far as he could to the right of her while still maintaining control of the cart, but the seat was not very wide, so their thighs were still only inches apart. She could see his muscles flexing within his buckskin trousers. Suddenly she was unbearably warm.

Comfortable? Perhaps too comfortable.

She could not resist taking sly glances at him as they bounced along towards her home. The freckles across his nose had multiplied, giving him a boyish charm. His shock of fiery hair was tossed about in unruly waves like a turbulent sea. He caught her looking at him, and threw her a bashful smile, which she couldn’t help returning before forcing her eyes to her lap. She caught a whiff of his scent; he smelled of the grasses and earth and a rich, masculine aroma.

The motion of his hands guiding the reins caught her attention as they rounded a corner, and she took in his strong, toned forearms. He’d rolled his shirt up above his elbows, and even beneath all that fabric his upper arms bulged. His chest strained against his waistcoat. He was a robust working man, of course he would be… strapping. It was just that she’d never had such leisure to observe all this before. Or perhaps she had just never taken notice, never appreciated him in his masculinity. She’d been a slip of a girl when she’d last spent any length of time with him, without any notions of forming attachments. Now, she was all too aware of him, and the nearness of him. She began to feel a little light-headed, and her heart seemed to be pulsing through her entire body.

She hadn’t felt like this since… her breath quickened as a painful pang hit her heart. She’d rather not remember the last time.

“Amy? Are you all right?”

Henry was looking at her seriously as he guided the cart through the gates that led to Briarwood.

She tried to slow her breathing, but the rising panic could not be quelled.

The last time she had felt this way, it had nearly destroyed her. It had made her giddy, blind, defenceless. She’d been a gullible fool, and she had paid the price for her infatuation with her innocence.

Fear closed over her heart in a vice-like grip, and she clutched the sides of the seat with white knuckles. She could not explain to him, could not summon any words lest she begin to cry.

The cart came to a stop outside the house, and she leapt to the ground, nearly falling over.

“Amy!” Henry cried, dismounting in a flash and coming around to her side. “What on earth is the matter?”

She darted away from him, wishing she hadn’t let her fancies get the better of her, that she could go back to the simplicity of their recent friendship. Perhaps she still could if not tempted in such a way.

“Goodbye, Henry,” she called as she began walking away from him. “Thank you.”

Then she turned and took quick steps up to the front door, banging until she was granted admittance. Once inside, the house felt like a safe place for the first time. She was in no danger of being overcome by treacherous feelings here. She went to her room and closed the door, leaning back against it. She would have no reason to see Henry again, and it was just as well. She could not risk putting her heart in danger again.

Author bio:Amberley Gloved Heart
Charlotte developed serious crushes on a series of men from age fifteen: Darcy, Knightley, Wentworth and Brandon. A bookworm and scribbler for as long as she can remember, Charlotte always dreamed of sharing her stories with the world.

Earning a degree in communication studies, she was seduced by the emerging digital world and has since worked with the web and in marketing. She is a member of the Auckland chapter of RWNZ.

Now, a mother to an adorable human tornado, Charlotte is trying to find the time for reading, seaside walks, warbling at the piano and quaffing far too many hot chocolates.

Well, that was that for this time, I will be back, hopefully in July, with two reviews of two audiobooks, and, of course, with my Pre- Jane Austen Festival Blog Entry, and the Festival entry by the end of September. So for now, I will say, Au revoir.

Empire Dancing in Copenhagen

It was early in March when I realized that a dance group in Copenhagen was to be performing in a quite well-known author’s home, only twenty minutes away from my home! Today, the house is a museum for writers like; Grundtvig, H. C. Andersen, Rahbeck, Oehlenschläger and Thomasine Gyllenbourg, and sometimes during the summer, some of the students at the author school visits and are allowed to write in and around the house. The collection at the museum, was Jane Austen vs Thomasine Gyllenbourg.
So, today, on the 18th of May, my boyfriend and I made our way to The Bakkehus Museum, which is located quite near Copenhagen’s Zoo.

We did not have to wait long before the dance group was dressed in true Empire dresses and a single Highlander Gentleman. Since I am familiar with one of the ladies in the group, I could not help myself but introduce myself properly, even if I sadly was not dressed in Empire clothes myself, much to my dismay. The group was to dance 4 separate dances, which was danced between the late 18th century and the early 19th century.

The dances were as following;

Le Visites a Fridensburg (Bülow Collection 1787)

Mr Beveridges Maggot (Playford’s Dancing Master in 1695)

The Duke of Kent’s Waltz

Hole in the Wall

 Enjoy the videos;

 

 

 

 

While filming the group dancing, I was nearly bouncing on my feet, dying to dance the familiar dances again, September can’t come soon enough!  And if you are a hardcore Jane Austen fan, you will recognise one of the dances as the one, Darcy and Elizabeth dance at the Netherfield Park Ball in the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. 

After the lovely performances, I was lucky enough to get a word with Lisa, who is part of the group, and get her to answer a few questions for me, regarding their group and further activities during the summer months.

Questions 1; What made you start dancing 18th and 19th-century dances?
I was dancing in a renaissance group at the time, then in 2013, my sister told me of a German event, where we made period correct clothes and attended. Then in 2014, I discovered this group and started dancing with them and have danced with them for 5 years.

Question 2; What dance is the favourite in the group? 
I can’t decide. I can’t choose a favourite, we know around 50 dances. It depends on who you dance with as your partner, and on the day.

Question 3; Do you have other plans during the summer months?
On the 11th of June, Lisa is sewing in the Bakkehouse Museum in Frederiksberg in Copenhagen, while some of her gorgeous Empire Clothes are on display. And during one or two weekends in June Lisa can be seen at Selsø Castle, sewing. Lisa will also be at Selsø Castle, in North Sealand at the end of August where she will be talking of “When the Mistress Arrive.”
Then there is St. Alban’s also at the end of August, the Sundtold’s Market also in August in Helsingør.

Happier in her Friends than Relations

Hey Guys, Welcome back!

It’s April, nearly May, and I am heavily involved in exam preparations at my college university. Lately, I was contacted by Jayne Bamber, and agreed to review and talk of her Pride & Prejudice book, though I will say it was quite a surprise, and am quite delighted to know there is already a book II ready to be bought, it’s called; “Unexpected Friends and Relations” where characters from Emma and Pride and Prejudice will appear.

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Review of “Happier in her friends than relations”
By Jayne Bamber

The scene sets at Longbourn when Mr Collins is visiting his ‘fair cousins’ and the announcement of the engagement between Jane to Mr Collins is made. To say that I was shocked would be an understatement – I was downright surprised at this turn of events at the beloved tale of society and love between classes. Jane married to Collins?! What was the world coming to?! I think I ended up screaming at the book, after reading that pairing coming together.

A visit to London, after she is driven from home after a continued conflict between herself and her ‘dearest’ sister, to their London relations, the Gardiners – where Elizabeth makes the acquaintance of Mr Charles Bingley, and yet again I was beyond surprised! Elizabeth and Bingley? I had never seen that pairing coming! A new family connection is also discovered through Elizabeth’s aunt Gardiner.

Then at a society ball, Elizabeth not only makes the acquaintance of Mr Darcy but also awakens her heart.

The plot thickens when the fact is revealed that Mr Darcy is MARRIED! Yes, dear readers, you are reading that right; married, bound in wedlock to another.

Drama ensues when a disaster threatens the Darcy family, where only the cunning of Anne De Bough, Darcy and Fitzwilliam can save the situation, from ending in exclusion of society, the reputation of Georgiana and the total ruin of the Darcy name.

Much hangs in the balance, when the plot thickens again, when several Austen characters present themselves throughout the plot, all from the; Dashwoods, Palmers, Willoughby, Mrs Jennings, The Fitzwilliams, De Boughs and even Sandition’s characters appear. Especially Rebecca Fitzwilliam makes Elizabeth Bennet and Marianna Brandon a very strong ally throughout the book, which helps our favourite heroine and her friend sample the best of London, Derbyshire and Kent. After much drama, several of Austen’s beloved characters get their happy ending, including Darcy and Elizabeth.

To say I was surprised, shocked, dismayed and delighted would be an understatement – it was a delight to read a book where several Austen characters appeared, was related and connected in one way or another.

Author Bio;

Jayne Bamber is a life-long Austen fan and a total sucker for costume dramas. Jayne read her first Austen variation as a teenager and has spent more than a decade devouring as many of them as she can. This, of course, has led her to the ultimate conclusion of her addiction,Jayne Bamber Author Pic[6176] writing one herself.

 

Jayne’s favourite Austen work is Sense and Sensibility, though Sanditon is a strong second. Despite her love for Pride and Prejudice, Jayne realizes that she is no Lizzy Bennet, and is, in fact, growing up to be Mrs Bennet more and more each day.

 

After years of dating Wickhams, Collinses, and the occasional Tilney-that-got-away, Jayne married her very own Darcy (tinged with just the right amount of Mr Palmer) and the two live together in Texas with a pair of badly behaved rat terriers, and a desire to expand their menagerie of fur babies.

Thank you for allowing me to talk and review your book, Jayne, it was a pleasure.

So, this is it for this time around, but I’ll be back sooner, rather than later. I have already agreed to talk of Jan Hahn’s two books; “The Journey” and “The Child” so look out for my blog again during the early summer, and wish me luck with my two exams.